You just got home from an exciting trip with your friends, or spontaneous lunch out that turned into a momentous one, or maybe from a celebration of a memorable life milestone. And, the first thing you do is look at all the pictures that you’ve taken from those moments. You can’t help but scroll through your phone and look for ones that you can share immediately on your social accounts.
Even days after that certain event, you still can’t help but reminisce about those shots. It’s as if you want them to be seen but don’t exactly know-how. So you gather all your digital files for photo printing and wonder how do I decorate them and where do I start?
If you’ve ever felt like this and want to use your photos as home decor, here are some ways to start and spice them up.
1. Start with the ones you find most memorable
When deciding which photographs you would like to see in your home, look for the ones you want to be reminded of. These can be shots of your loved ones, friends, mentors, and even self-portraits. From there, narrow down which events or moments you find those people to be looking at their best. Choose snaps of them that you’d want to see every day.
You can also bring old memories back to life with film processing. If you happen to find some old films from your parents’ house, have them checked in professional photo printing shops for film processing. This assures that your family’s treasured moments are well taken care of.
2. Categorise your photos
After you’ve decided which photos you’d like to be decorated at your home, start categorising them. Put labels such as what, where, and why of each photograph. It would help you understand why you’d like those specific shots to be displayed. Some of the categories that might help would be:
Birthdays happen every year and it is something that is most celebrated by the majority. No matter how special each aging year may be, there will always be one that would stand out. This may be a birthday where your entire family was there to celebrate it with you, a surprise party that you’ve never seen coming, or even just celebrating an age you’d never thought you’d reach.
Regardless of what level or degree, being able to graduate and honor one’s hard work and effort matters. Photos of your formal graduation shoot, graduation day with friends and family, or a photo of someone you were able to help achieve that momentous milestone is something to be celebrated.
There’s a saying that ‘firsts’ always hit differently and it’s mostly true. These moments are not only unique, but they’re also significant. They can be photos of your first concert, first family picture, first baby photo, first date with your partner, or can be a shot of your first pet!
If there are firsts, there are definitely ‘most moments’ in your life. Moments when you felt most loved, laughed the most with your friends, most favorite travel getaway, most visited place, etc. Anything that reminds you of your most is definitely worthy to be seen.
Now, here’s the category that your Instagram-worthy shots have been waiting for. You might want to include landscapes, self-portraits, food, or historical and monumental shots in the creatives. You can fill this category to enliven a dull space in your home.
3. Come up with a design theme
After you label and decide the photos you appreciate the most, it’s time to visualise where you’d like to place them. This would help you envision how the area that you’d like to be decorated would look like with the photos that you’ve chosen. If you like to start in the living room, consider what type of vibe you would like to emanate once guests enter your house.
With a theme in mind, you get to mix and match the colors of the frame, image resolution, and type of photographs you’d like to include. Helpful questions to ask when coming up with a theme might be: do I want collage-style photo-framed decors? Do I want the room to be centered with colored photographs? Or would it suit my living space’s palette if I have it professionally printed to monochrome?
4. Decide where you’d like the photos to be printed on
Now, it’s time to finally have those files printed and be brought to life. Finalise the colors of the frames that you want to use. You might want to have a special photo printed on canvas if you’d like to go for a captivating vibe.
For a more sophisticated style, you might want to go for Acrylic products. There are different styles of photo printing for Acrylics that are available. These are float panels, classic acrylics, acrylic blocks, box framed, or shaped ones. If your home’s design is leaning towards the minimalist and sophisticated type, professional photo printing on acrylics would neutralise the area.
Another type would be the Aluminum photo panels, which are quite similar to Acrylic. The difference is that, with Aluminum photo panels, your photos are more refined. The printing adds an element to the photo making it look sleek, even without any structured frame.
5. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have it your way
If you have better ideas as to where your photographs can be printed, don’t be afraid to style them your way. After all, your home represents who you are. You’re the only one who gets to master which style would perfectly fit to enhance your home. If you have more photos that you’d like to display and not store digitally, having them printed and collaged in a photo book style would be a great idea too.
After all, some photos are worth being spent on and celebrated. It all depends on your choice and style. If you’re someone who likes to keep it digital these days, would you consider having your photos printed as home decoration? Share your thoughts with us today!
Bianca Banda is a writer for DS Colour Labs Ltd (DSCL), a professional photography lab that offers a vast range of products and services to aid every photographer’s need. She is a massive lover of Japanese cuisine and enjoys binge-watching comedies or variety shows.